As with any bargain, you should know a little something before putting down any money. Here are some tips on buying recycled auto & truck parts;
1.Deal with a licensed salvage yard, preferably a member of a professional association, such as the Automotive Recyclers Association.
2.Ask if electrical parts have been bench tested and if they are warranted. Some dealers have been known to extend such warranties for up to a year on electrical parts.
3.If you buy an engine or transmission, know the size and model number of your car; carefully inspect older units. To ensure quality, most Automotive Recyclers Association members will compression check an engine before offering it for sale.
4.Always have an expert mechanic diagnose your specific automotive problems. This will ensure that you get the right part for the job and avoid recurring problems.
5.When possible you should bring in old parts for comparison.
6.Get a receipt, as you would with any purchase.
7.Where do you find recycled parts? Check your Yellow Pages under auto recyclers, auto parts - used; truck parts - used; or auto wreckers.
DIRECTIONS TO NISSENBAUMS
From 93 South, get off at exit 28(Sullivan Sq) you will see the big T station on your right. After the station, take a right onto Cambridge Street. Follow this straight through. It becomes Washington Street and it will take you into Union Sq. in Somerville. You will see the St. Joseph’s Church on your left. Take a left there (Webster Ave). Then take your 4th left (Columbia St). We are a big blue building on the left, #480.
From the Expressway coming north
Get off at the Storrow drive exit, follow the signs for Cambridge, Because of the big dig, and follow signs for the museum of science. You have to make a loop. You will end up with the Museum on your left. You will come to a fork in the road, bear left. The Lechemere T station will be on your right. This is Cambridge Street, Cambridge. Follow this up for a while. You will see a Shell gas station on your right. At the next light, take a right, bear right. We are the big blue building on the right.